Song of the day #108

Lemon and its beneficial effects

Lemongrass (Citris Lemon) is a shrub of the Rutaceae family, sourced from Asia and its fruits are used around the world, having various uses for both culinary and non-culinary purposes.

Lemon is used for: juice, pulp and bark. Lemon juice contains about 6% citric acid which gives a distinct sour taste.

Short history

Initially, lemon was used for its antiseptic properties, being used as an antidote for various poisons. In India it is endless being used in daily life for different purposes, especially in traditional Indian medicine Siddha and Ayurveda but also in the kitchen as the main ingredient.

It was later used as an ornamental plant, in the 20th century in the Islamic gardens.

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Uses for culinary purposes

The fruit has various uses in the kitchen, as follows:

  • Fresh lemon juice can be used to season the fish or marinate it;
  • Vinegar substitute in salads;
  • Together with water and sugar, lemonade is obtained but can also be used in cocktails or alcoholic beverages;
  • Lemon juice is considered a short-term preservative for certain foods that tend to oxidize;
  • Key ingredients in the preparation of lemon pie.

Medicinal uses

  • Lemon juice has antiseptic properties due to low pH, being used from first aid products to treatments for sore throat.
  • The juice is rich in vitamin C, which makes it a key ingredient in treating degenerative brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
  • In cosmetics it is used because it gives the skin elasticity, but also in the preparation of masks helping to remove impurities. The lemon also has an astringent effect and helps fight acne.

Applications in the Chemical Industry

  • The oil obtained from the lemon peel is used to clean wood surfaces, dissolve old wax, fingerprints and dirt.
  • It is used for copper vessel rejuvenation products.
  • Lemon is also used in cleaning products for the kitchen and the toilet, as an deodorizer but also to remove grease, stains and in order to disinfect.

Benefits of Lemon Tea

  • Lemon tea helps detoxify the liver, being recommended for consumption 4 times a week, in the morning on an empty stomach;
  • Being rich in vitamin C, lemon tea helps the body fight the cold and seasonal flu, acting as a natural antiseptic and regular consumption helps fight infections and other diseases. It is recommended to make tea with lemon, honey and ginger for a quick effect.
  • Lemon tea is known to increase metabolic rate, preventing fat deposits, being recommended in the morning on an empty stomach;
  • The consumption of lemon tea reduces the fatigue accumulated along the way and revitalizes the body, conferring energy;
  • Lemon tea is recommended for cardiac patients because it lowers blood pressure. The flavonoids present in the lemon help reduce inflammation and prevent the formation of blood clots in the arteries;
  • In long-term consumption, lemon tea lowers cholesterol levels;
  • Lemon tea prevents and eliminates kidney stones;
  • Being rich in antioxidants, lemon tea helps prevent cancer.

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Lamaiul si efectele sale benefice

Lamaiul (Citris Lemon) este un arbust din familia Rutaceae, provenita din Asia iar fructele sale sunt folosite in lume, avand variate utilizari atat in scop culinar cat si non-culinar.

Lamaiul este folosit pentru: suc, pulpa si coaja. Sucul de lamaie contine aproximativ 6% acid citric ce confera gust acru distinct.

Scurt istoric

Initial, lamaiul a fost folosit pentru proprietatile sale antiseptice, fiind folosit ca si antidot pentru diverse otravuri. In India este nelipsit fiind folosit in viata de zi cu zi cu diferite scopuri, in special in medicina traditionala indiana Siddha si Ayurveda dar si in bucatarie ca ingredient principal.

Mai tarziu a fost utilizat ca si planta ornamentala, in secolul XX in gradinile islamice.

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Utilizari in scop culinar

Fructul are utilizari variate in bucatarie, astfel:

  • Sucul proaspat de lamaie poate fi utilizat la condimentarea pestelui sau marinarea acestuia;
  • Inlocuitor de otet in salate;
  • Impreuna cu apa si zaharul se obtine limonada dar poate fi utilizat si in cocktailuri sau bauturi alcoolizate;
  • Sucul de lamaie este considerat un conservant de scurta durata la anumite alimente care au tendinta de a se oxida;
  • Ingrediente cheie la prepararea placintei de lamaie.

Utilizari in scop medicinal

Sucul de lamaie are proprietati antiseptice datorita pH-ului scazut, fiind utilizat de la produse pentru prim ajutor pana la tratamente pentru durerea de gat.

Sucul este bogat in vitamina C, fapt ce il face ingredient cheie in tratarea bolilor degenerative ale creierului precum Alzheimer.

In cosmetica este folosit datorita faptului ca reda elasticitatea tenului, dar si in prepararea mastilor ajutand la indepartarea impuritatilor. De asemenea, lamaia are afect astringent si ajuta la lupta impotriva acneei.

Utilizari in Industria Chimica

Uleiul obtinut din coaja lamaiului este folosit in curatarea suprafetelor de lemn, dizolva ceara veche, amprentele si mizeria.

Este folosit pentru produsele de intinerire a vaselor din cupru.

Lamaia se utilizeaza si in produsele de curatire pentru bucatarie si toaleta, ca odorizant dar si pentru a inlatura grasimea, petele si cu scopul de a dezinfecta.

Beneficiile ceaiului de lamaie:

  • Ceaiul de lamaie ajuta la detoxifierea ficatului, fiind recomandat inspre consum de 4 ori pe saptamana, dimineata pe stomacul gol;
  • Fiind bogat in vitamina C, ceaiul de lamaie ajuta organismul sa combata raceala si gripa de sezon, actionand ca un antiseptic natural iar consumul regulat ajuta la lupta infectiilor si a altor boli. Este recomandat a se realiza ceai cu lamaie, miere si ghimbir pentru un efect rapid.
  • Ceaiul de lamaie este cunoscut pentru a mari rata metabolica, impiedicand depunerea de grasime, fiind recomandat tot dimineata pe stomacul gol;
  • Consumul de ceai de lamaie reduce oboseala adunata pe parcurs si revitalizeaza organismul, conferind energie;
  • Ceaiul de lamaie este recomandat persoanelor cardiace deoarece reduce tensiunea arteriala. Flavonoidele prezente in lamaie ajuta la reducerea inflamatiei si previn formarea cheagurilor de sange la nivelul arterelor;
  • In consum de lunga durata, ceaiul de lamaie scade colesterolul din sange;
  • Ceaiul de lamaie previne si elimina pietrele de la rinichi;
  • Fiind bogat in antioxidanti, ceaiul de lamaie ajuta la prevenirea cancerului.

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Protection masks and when we should use them

With the constant change of weather and variations in temperature, the body becomes weaker and more susceptible to contact seasonal colds.

Protective masks and when we should use them

The large agglomerations within the bus stations, inside the malls and even the workplace, are true sources of contamination. I say this because many people suffer from colds, they cough, sneeze outdoors without covering themselves with a napkin or at least wearing a protective mask.

Ironically, I see people wearing masks on the street because they look „cool” and they are fashionable, but they are not affected by the flu or carry any virus. People who need protective masks because they are sick do not wear them, and those who wear them do it even though they do not need it.

I was recently watching Dr. Mike’s video on Coronavirus and I was surprised to find that suppliers were left without protective masks because they were purchased in industrial quantities.

No, don’t get me wrong, they were not purchased by hospitals to supplement the real need but by healthy people, without problems. Thus, people who needed protective masks in hospitals could not use them, and those who were good, healthy were watching them from the closet at home in case of disaster.

We must understand that protective masks are intended for sick people for use to protect the healthy, not the other way around. As I said in the article on Coronavirus, it is recommended to wear a mask only if there are respiratory symptoms such as coughing or sneezing, to protect others.

It makes no sense to wear protective masks if we are well and do not pose a health threat to those around us.

Currently, factories around the world are working on the program to supplement the need for protective masks, and the need is partially covered due to the major global demand.

Hyo-Jick Choi, a professor at the University of Alberta, said: „Respiratory secretions cannot be completely filtered by protective masks. Also, the protective masks and even the surgical ones do not have the function to kill the virus, and when the respiratory secretions reach the surface of the mask, viruses can survive from several hours to a week. ”


Wearing long-lasting protective masks with virus particles can endanger both us and those around us. Thus, to ensure complete protection against viruses we must wash our hands frequently, use napkins to wipe our noses and keep a distance of 3 feet from those affected.

But under the conditions in which we have the flu, we go out in the open air without wearing a protective mask, cough and sneeze without covering ourselves with a napkin and we are very close to other healthy people contamination is imminent; especially in cases where some organisms are not ready to fight the flu and have a weakened immune system.

We do ourselves a disservice because we spread the virus in the air and we can inevitably contact it before we recover and also endanger other lives. Let’s be aware of what we do and pay more attention to ourselves and those around us to maintain a healthy and clean environment.

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Mastile de protectie si cand trebuie utilizate

Odata cu schimbarea vremii de afara si a variatiilor constante de temperatura organismul devine slab si mai susceptibil la contactarea racelilor de sezon.

Mastile de protectie si cand trebuie utilizate

Aglomeratiile mari din statiile de autobuz, din interiorul mallului si chiar locul de munca reprezinta adevarate surse de contaminare. Spun asta deoarece foarte multe persoane sufera de raceala, tusesc, stranuta in aer liber fara a se acoperi cu un servetel sau macar sa poarte o masca de protectie.

Ironic, observ pe strada persoane ce poarta masti pentru ca arata „cool” si sunt in pas cu moda dar nu sunt racite sau gripate. Persoanele care au nevoie de masti de protectie deoarece sunt bolnave nu le poarta, iar cei ce le poarta o fac cu toate ca nu au nevoie.

Ma uitam recent la videoclipul Doctorului Mike cu privire la Coronavirus si am ramas surprinsa la afirmatia ca furnizorii au ramas fara masti de protectie deoarece s-au achizionat in cantitati industriale.

Nu, nu ma intelegeti gresit, nu s-au achizitionat de catre spitale pentru a suplimenta adevarata nevoie ci de catre persoane sanatoase, fara probleme. Astfel, oamenii care aveau cu adevarat nevoie de masti de protectie in spitale nu au putut sa le foloseasca, iar cei care erau bine-merci, sanatosi le priveau de pe dulap acasa, in caz de dezastru.

Trebuie sa intelegem ca mastile de protectie sunt destinate persoanelor bolnave inspre utilizare pentru a proteja pe cei sanatosi, nu invers. Dupa cum spuneam si in articolul despre Coronavirus, se recomanda purtarea unei masti doar in cazul in care se prezinta simptome respiratorii precum tuse sau stranut, pentru a-i proteja pe cei din jur.

Nu are sens sa purtam masti de protectie in cazul in care suntem bine si nu reprezentam o amenintare din punctul de vedere al sanatatii asupra celor din jur.

In momentul de fata fabrici din jurul lumii muncesc peste program pentru a putea suplimenta nevoia de masti de protectie, iar nevoia este partial acoperita datorita cererii majore la nivel global.

Hyo-Jick Choi, un profesor de la Universitatea din Alberta a afirmat: „Secretiile respiratorii nu pot fi filtrate complet de catre mastile de protectie. De asemenea, mastile de protectie si chiar cele chirurgicale nu au functia de a omori virusul, iar cand secretiile respiratorii ajung pe suprafata mastii pot supravietui de la cateva ore la o saptamana.”


Purtarea mastilor de protectie timp indelungat cu particule de virusuri ne pot pune atat pe noi in pericol cat si pe cei din jur. Astfel, pentru a asigura protectia completa impotriva virusurilor trebuie sa ne spalam mainile frecvent, sa folosim servetele pentru a ne sterge nasul si sa pastram o distanta de 2 metri fata de cei afectati.

Insa in conditiile in care suntem gripati, iesim in aerul liber fara a purta masca de protectie, tusim si stranutam fara a ne acoperi cu un servetel si stam foarte aproape de alte persoane sanatoase contaminarea este iminenta; in special in cazurile cand unele organisme nu sunt pregatite sa lupte cu gripa si au sistemul imunitar slabit.

Ne facem noua personal un rau deoarece raspandim virusul in aer si il putem contacta inevitabil inainte de a ne fi revenit si punem in pericol si alte vieti. Haideti sa fim constienti de ceea ce facem si sa fim mai atenti cu noi si cei din jur pentru a pastra un mediu sanatos si curat.

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